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1. The deliberate distortion of the sense of a word (as in punning).
2. May also refer to a person who distorts the sense of a word.
3. The killing of words; such as, a liar, book-burner, or someone who misuses words.
4. One who mutilates or destroys a word.
5. The act of destroying the sense or value of a word; the perversion of a word from its proper meaning.
6. Perversion of a word, or one who perverts a word; literally, killing a word.
This entry is located in the following units: -cide, -cides, -cidal (page 12) verbo-, verb-, verbi- (page 5)